Negotiating and mediating 
Problem-solving Advice

Draw on a unique combination of mediation insight, international diplomatic experience and negotiating acumen. Reframe problems using professional mediation technique, then tackle them with skill and subtlety. Focus on practical, creative solutions. Look hard at the cost of losing – and the cost of winning

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Public speaking and presenting 
Presenter Coach Speechwriter

Giving speeches, writing speeches, delivering a PowerPoint talk, organising events, drafting press releases and working up media strategies. They are all one basic life-skill: conveying messages in a way that is memorable and convincing. You do this by combining structure with stories and signposts

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How World War Three Starts (Again)

It’s always good when a Pope picks up one’s ideas and gives them mass appeal. Here is Pope Francis warning that a ‘piecemeal World War Three‘ may have already begun: “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, […]

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DIPLOMAT Articles – Countess Wolcheek

As regular readers know, for several years now I have been writing regular articles for London’s DIPLOMAT magazine. The general idea is to talk about diplomacy in a light-touch but accessible way, with ideas and themes of interest to both professional DIPLOMAT readers and anyone else who comes along. Here is […]

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James Thurber on Bolenciecwz (sic)

In dismal times like this one’s mind invariably goes back to James Thurber, the wonderful mid-C20 American cartoonist and humorist (sic). Here he is describing an unusually dim but extra burly Polish-American student grappling to answer a VERY simple question: One day when we were on the subject of transportation […]

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Who’s Crazier in the Bath? Bosnians? Or Russians?

I have always thought that in the global stakes of YouTube Crazy People in the Bath the Bosnians had a clear edge: Yet along come two genial Russians, who take things to completely new heights (or depths) in an, ahem, explosive fashion: Winners all! Clips such as this enliven any […]

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Putin, Ukraine, Bosnia, Macbeth

My latest Telegraph piece on Ukraine is up on the DT website: Russia’s “principled demands” are unchanged: that Ukraine stay independent of all “blocs”; that eastern areas of Ukraine get radical autonomy allowing them to have special economic relations with Russia; and that Ukraine kisses goodbye to Crimea. A settlement […]

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